Monday, November 19, 2012
“Was Bal Thackeray a Paper Tiger?” - Professor M.S.Rao
“I’m a great admirer of Hitler; and I’m not ashamed to say so! I don’t agree with all methods he employed, but he was a wonderful organizer and orator. I feel he and I have several things in common.” – Bal Thackeray
I was saddened over the death of Bal Thackeray (1927-2012) who was a mass leader and championed various issues especially regional and linguistic ones. He was a cartoonist and went on to become the founder of Shiv Sena and Samna – mouthpiece of Shiv Sena. His biography inspires many especially for the ordinary people who can aspire to become big like him. However, he had his won challenges who loved controversies and contractions during his lifetime. In fact, he was king of controversies and sometimes backtracked quickly from his own stand. He was a great orator who lived his life the way he wanted to live. He was good to locals and Maharastrians but bad to non-Marathi’s and non-locals. Of course, every leader has his own way of leadership branding but Bal Thackeray branded himself as a controversial political leader. Whether he was in ruling or opposition he remained like an uncrowned king during his lifetime. He was, no doubt, an autocratic leader who admired Hitler. He was often noted for making inflammatory speeches. He failed to reinvent with changing times thus hitting rock bottom in his political career.
He remained not only a newspaper tiger but also a real tiger during his lifetime. When we look at his biography holistically he would have got more than what he got if he had adopted broader policies with universal brotherhood and tolerance. He would have remained a legend beyond Maharashtra if he had adopted a broad vision coming out of petty regional and linguistic issues.
I express my condolences over the death of this leader.
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